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Liriano ready to pitch out of bullpen

It's been more than a week since Francisco Liriano has pitched for the Twins, but he has yet to make an appearance out of the bullpen. The lefthander says he's ready to pitch "whenever they want me to pitch."
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It's been more than a week since Francisco Liriano has pitched for the Twins, but he has yet to make an appearance out of the bullpen. The lefthander says he's ready to pitch "whenever they want me to pitch."

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